The objective indicators that identify the Primal Aggressor and the Cognitive Aggressor are very different. Feedback we receive from each of our
training programs indicates that today's professional security and threat assessment personnel have not had usefully training to recognize or deal
with the cognitive aggressor. The Virginia Tech tragedy once again provided another data point in the body of evidence that mental health
assessments or profiling are not useful in identifying the next shooter.
The training provided by the Center for Aggression Management does provide knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and appropriately
manage the emerging aggression associated with both the Cognitive Aggressor and the Primal Aggressor.
Both Types of Aggressors Must be Managed
Cognitive & Primal Aggressors
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The Primal Aggressor shows obvious signs of agitation and is adrenaline driven.
The Cognitive Aggressor is intent driven, may seem very calm, and is often the more dangerous
aggressor. This is the person that will become the next random shooter or terrorist.
To prevent violence, both types of aggressors must be recognized and managed. Unfortunately, the
most used approaches almost always do not recognize the Cognitive Aggressor.